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Stephen Colbert mocks justices who dissented in gay-marriage ruling

Technically Incorrect: He couldn't resist. He has a new show to sell. Colbert posts his reaction to the Supreme Court decision within hours of its announcement.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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Stephen Colbert sits with the gay community. Late Show With Stephen Colbert/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

In these days of digital immediacy, I imagine that even Supreme Court justices worry how their words will be interpreted by the people of the Web.

I can see Justice Sotomayor worrying: "Oh, hell. What's Jimmy Kimmel going to say about this?"

I can see Justice Scalia musing: "Thank God Letterman's gone. But I'm going to get it from Colbert, aren't I? And he's a Republican, isn't he?"

And so it came to pass that, almost before the rainbow-colored ink was dry on the Supreme Court's decision on gay marriage, Stephen Colbert manifested on YouTube to mock the dissenting Supremes.

"It's hard to believe that gay Americans achieved full constitutional personhood just five years after corporations did," he said.

Now there's a giddy thought.

He'd only just begun to mock justice, though. Justice Scalia, for example. And Justice Roberts, Justice Thomas and Justice Alito.

He said they were angry "not because they're against gay marriage."

Rather, he looked at Justice Roberts' dissent, in which Roberts asked gay people to celebrate a lot of things but not the Constitution, because it "had nothing to do with it."

Colbert warned gay couples that they would get a lovely card from Justice Roberts that reads: "You guys are perfect for each other, and a cancer on our democracy."

Of course, Colbert has a new show to sell. He begins his post-Letterman era on September 8 on CBS (Disclosure: CBS owns CNET). It's inevitable then that he must continue to invigorate his YouTube audience, something for which Letterman was criticized for not doing.

Many, especially in the tech world, have already reacted to the Supreme Court's decision. What will be interesting for Colbert is how he will react to an ever-changing American culture.

While he's chatting to stars who have movies to sell, of course.